Friday, 13 June 2014

Virunga Park oil hunt in DR Congo halted

11 June 2014 Last updated at 13:32

The hunt for oil is to be halted in Africa's oldest national park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a UK-based oil firm has said.

Virunga National Park is a Unesco World Heritage site and home to more than 200 endangered mountain gorillas.

Soco International made the concession after the WWF filed a complaint that the company was violating good business practice guidelines.

The world conservation group has now agreed to drop its case against Soco.

In a joint statement, Soco and the WWF said they looked forward "to working responsibly with the Democratic Republic of Congo and its people to ensure that future development benefits both people and the environment".

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